PMO marks ‘thrust’ areas: anti-corruption, grievance

Officials said all efforts are being made to appoint Lokpal chairperson and members before the report card is submitted to the people.

Written by Amitav Ranjan | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2014 2:54 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Source: PTI)

The fight against corruption — that figured prominently in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign — would be right at the top of his agenda when Parliament sits for the Budget session from July 7. The Prime Minister’s Office has outlined that the NDA government’s “immediate thrust areas” would be to empower the common man by weeding out corruption through “setting up of the Lokpal, amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act and passing of the Citizens Grievance Bill”.

On June 24, the PMO wrote to the Department of Personnel and Department of Administrative Reforms that “pending action on the above (immediate thrust) areas may kindly be expedited and the office (PMO) may be kept apprised of the development”.
The communiqué is also the first clear indication of what tops the NDA’s legislative reforms agenda as it prepares
to present its 100-day report card August-end. It also goes with President Pranab Mukherjee’s address that the NDA was keen on providing an administration which is clean, efficient and result-oriented.

Although the Lokpal Bill has become an Act, the anti-corruption body is yet to be set up. Officials said all efforts are being made to appoint its chairperson and members before the report card is submitted to the people.

Sources said that by that time, the NDA would also attempt to pass the Prevention of Corruption (amendment) Bill and Right of Citizens for Time-bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of Grievances Bill, which got held up in the bedlam of disruptions during the last days of the UPA regime.

Efforts by the Congress last March to push them through ordinances got held up over last-minute concerns over whether the President would ratify them a month before the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP and other opposition parties had said that the move was belated and was intended to earn political brownie points for the UPA.

The Citizens Grievance Bill promotes transparency and accountability in the government’s delivery systems where departments would have to publish a citizens charter detailing the services they offer, its quality as well as timelines of delivery. Failure to do so would attract penalties.

It mandates the establishment, both at the Centre and in the states, of public grievance redress commissions that will be permitted to refer a case for investigation to the Lokpal wherever there is evidence of corruption.

Amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act were also a part of the framework of measures to fight graft. According to the Bill, an investigating agency could seek prior permission from the government to haul up a retired bureaucrat in a corruption case. At present, there is no legal provision for investigating agencies to seek prior permissions to quiz a former government employee.

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    p.c.lakshmi
    Jun 18, 2015 at 9:51 am
    Sir, Every employee in NIRDPR,Hyderabad is telling that shri M.V.Rao is getting order with 2 days as permanent D.G,NIRDPR,Hyderabad.If he comes ,it can be treated license for looting of government funds.Please appoint sincere and honest D.G,D.D.G and Registrar to NIRDPR,Hyderabad but not previous worked IAS Officers. Honest employees are hared for their corruption.please orcer CBI/Enforcement Directory for inquiry with technical team for technical audit and quality control on all works in NIRDPR,Hyderabad otherwise permit us to sit live media along with employees of NIRDPR,Hyderabad.Employees corruption is increased since one year in central government organization and government is getting bad name.Earlier Chairman of General Council was the hon'ble minister for rural development,G.O.I, later minister is removed and the hon'ble secretary,R.D is placed, the hon'ble minister is not knowing about NIRDPR,Hyderabad and looting is being done by culprit as licensed corruption ,thanking you sir.
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      p.c.lakshmi
      Jun 22, 2015 at 9:36 am
      Sir,Dayanand,E.E,NIRDPR,Hyderabad is managing everybody with money. Given hundreds of complaints are waste and he is looting. why CVC/CBI and Enforcement Directory are established. .He is looting since 2008 with help of shri M.V.Rao Former D.G(I/C),NIRDPR,Hyderabad.pLEASE ORDER INQUIRY OTHERWISE PUBLIC IS THINKING AS LICENSED CORRUPTION IS ALLOWED BY GOVERNMENT. Employees are being hared for corruption of culprits in NIRDPR,Hyderabad. Government is getting bad name,thanking you
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        p.c.lakshmi
        Jun 19, 2015 at 9:18 am
        sir, Dayanand ,E.E,NIRDPR,Hyderabad is telling to every body that he has constructed house by spending 2 crores from corrupted money for shri M.V.Rao IAS, former D.G(I/C),NIRDPR,Hyderabad.Please take orders from hon.ble Prime minister for CBI/Enforcement Directory along with technical team for technical audit and quality quality control in NIRD since 2008 to till date and then every fact will come out.shri M.V.Rao is west bengal IAS cadre and please inquire previous history of him. Government is getting bad name due to employees corruption .More over Dayanand is telling that shri M.V.Rao is getting orders as regular D.G of NIRDPR,Hyderabad and he will be saved from corruption. If government issue orders, public may be treated as licensed corruption,thanking you sir.
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          p.c.lakshmi
          Jul 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm
          sir, looting is done in NIRDPR since 6 years but no action, are conduct inquiry by calling us and honest employees,proofs are submitted to P.M.O by employees. public are talking due to corrupted money ,action is not taken.BJP may be collapsed by public action due to culprit employees,please take action and try to stand at least some seat but not 83 position.No politicians taking action but giving lecture,now a days indian public beyond the stage of hear lecture and wanting action ,please come to earth and not take into consideration of busting personal power,please gross route level worker like me and we bring public talk to safe party but leaders are not main to party worker. congress is also fail by take words of boosting persons and given minister posts to rajyasabha M.Ps who are not having touch with public ,finally congress is failed.Now some points are neglecting ,neglecting corruption will be collapse BJP party. , Reasonal parties will form government. As house wife ,I have placed in front of hon'ble Prime minister of india as party worker for action sir.
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            p.c.lakshmi
            Jul 31, 2015 at 1:58 am
            sir, please start clean and sweep of corruption in india. we are all come out and show culprits where they have done corruption. cores of corrupted money will be recovered and that money is sufficient to run government till hundred years. If any body is interested ,they will do yoga for their health,it is not necessary to launch for publicity. clean and sweep programme is not require any publicity, BJP will rule this country more than hundred years .please implement it sir.
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              p.c.lakshmi
              Jul 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm
              sir, sanction was taken for 3.5 crores for installation of A/C Units, generators and panel board in NIRDPR,Hyderabad.this work has to be done by CPWD because S.E(CIVIL) is not available in NIRDPR,Hyderabad for checking of quality of work timely.the estimates are prepared by rate as they like and measurements are also recorded as more to boost up estimate cost and bill amount. Super check of M.B is done by E.E(ELECTRICAL) ,S.E(ELE) and C.E(ELE) but Measurement Book is written by J.E(ELE) and super checked by Dayanand E.E(CIVIL) and it is came to know that one crore is looted by recording excess measurement, CBI/Enforcement Directory inquiry is to be order to recover from culprits, works are also piece meal type.thanking you.
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                p.c.lakshmi
                Jul 18, 2015 at 7:04 am
                sir, there is public talk that BJP government is protecting culprits and no promises are done till date. culprits are telling that we are pay money to M.O,R.D and nothing will happen,public will not support BJP in future because sed corruption is increased 200% ,congress is better and public will not listen any lecture.
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                  p.c.lakshmi
                  Jul 18, 2015 at 9:07 pm
                  sir, why Dayanand ,E.E,NIRDPR,Hyderabad is excused,then his words that he is sending money to ministry regularly that is why no inquiry on him, is it true?.public is believing that BJP government is doing such things as he is telling.please order inquiry and protect government as ministers and hon'ble prime minister of india to get once again BJP government
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